I'm interested in any Open Data conferences which are held on a regular basis (e.g., yearly). Are there any such conferences?

  • What do you qualify as an 'open data' conference? I've helped with Research Data Access & Preservation the past few years, and although there's a ton of crossover, and it'd be of use to people dealing with open data, it's not specifically about it.
    – Joe
    May 22, 2013 at 14:51
  • @Joe I'm talking about Open Data in its broadest sense, the RDAP conference seems related enough to me so I'd add it to the community wiki answer with a clear description of the conference's focus.
    – Sicco
    May 22, 2013 at 15:01

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(people might want to expand this community wiki)

  • Might we want to sub-set specialized open data conferences (e.g. Health Datapalooza) to make the list more navigable? May 22, 2013 at 14:50
  • @batpigandme : as the list gets larger, it might be worth splitting them out by continent or other geographic area, or by the specific type of data they focus on.
    – Joe
    May 22, 2013 at 14:53
  • @Joe +1, I'm not all that familiar with how community wikis evolve on SE, but would it be easier to set up categories before hand or just let them grow organically? May 22, 2013 at 14:59
  • See my answer about Lanyrd: It could make sense to contribute to the wiki there because they have a larger existing catalog of open data events and user base. May 22, 2013 at 15:17

Yes. In addition to the list provided above, the website Lanyrd, a collaboratively edited wiki about conferences around the globe, has over 250 events (both past and upcoming) tagged as "open data."

It could make sense for this community to contribute to that wiki, rather than maintaining a separate wiki listing here, since they have a larger user base and existing listing of events.

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    Some minor problems with that suggestion: the first is that they track each conference instance, so it's more difficult to tell how often they reoccur (annually, etc). They also track less formal events that I wouldn't qualify as a conference. It might also miss related events that aren't specifically on "open data" but have a high overlap / synergy. As a librarian, I think it's worth maintaining a curated list, possibly also linking to the lanyrd entries.
    – Joe
    May 23, 2013 at 13:04
  • @Joe I hear your point - however, it's possible to create a "Guide" that is just populated by conferences that are major and recur--that may be one way to get around your concern. May 23, 2013 at 15:35
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    they really don't make the 'guide' stuff obvious, but that'd probably work ... a little more playing around suggests that it's possible to collect up conferences into 'series', but they seem to be second class citizens (no tagging the series as a whole, the list is presented with no detail or order, can't get from a conference to the series, I can't even figure out how I got there, etc) I haven't actually created an account, so I don't know if you can list 'series' in a guide, or only 'conferences'
    – Joe
    May 23, 2013 at 16:40

csv,conf: "A conference for data makers everywhere. (And any data - not just CSVs!)"

  • 3-4 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2014-07-24: Berlin (one day, first edition). "This one day conference will focus on practical, real-world stories, examples and techniques of how to scrape, wrangle, analyze, and visualize data. Whether your data is big or small, tabular or spatial, graphs or rows this event is for you."

Full public announcement of the 2014 edition:

Announcing CSV,Conf - the conference for data makers everywhere http://csvconf.com/ which takes place on 15 July 2014 in Berlin.

This one day conference will focus on practical, real-world stories, examples and techniques of how to scrape, wrangle, analyze, and visualize data. Whether your data is big or small, tabular or spatial, graphs or rows this event is for you. Key Info

CSV,Conf is run in conjunction with the week long Open Knowledge Festival http://okfestival.org/. What Is It About? Building Community

We want to bring together data makers/doers/hackers from backgrounds like science, journalism, open government and the wider software industry to share tools and stories. For those who love data

CSV Conf is a non-profit community conference run by some folks who really love data and sharing knowledge. If you are as passionate about data and the application it has to society then you should join us! Big and small

This isn’t a conference just about spreadsheets. We are curating content about advancing the art of data collaboration, from putting your CSV on GitHub to producing meaningful insight by running large scale distributed processing. Colophon: Why CSV?

This conference isn’t just about CSV http://data.okfn.org/doc/csv data. But we chose to call it CSV Conf because we think CSV embodies certain important qualities that set the tone for the event:

  • Simplicity: CSV is incredibly simple - perhaps the simplest structured data format there is
  • Openness: the CSV ‘standard’ is well-known and open - free for anyone to use
  • Easy to use: CSV is widely supported - practically every spreadsheet program, relational database and programming language in existence can handle CSV in some form or other
  • Hackable: CSV is text-based and therefore amenable to manipulation and access from a wide range of standard tools (including revision control systems such as git, mercurial and subversion)
  • Big or small: CSV files can range from under a kilobyte to gigabytes and its line-oriented structure mean it can be incrementally processed – you do not need to read an entire file to extract a single row. Received on Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:36:02 UTC

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